Vitamins & Supplements

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 1)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Many commonly used pharmaceuticals produce depletions of important nutrients that, over time, lead to side-effects, diminished overall nutritional status, and poor health. Fortunately, these depletions are usually correctable with judicious use of supplements. This first in a series of charts addressing this topic reviews depletions associated with common cardiovascular drugs, and the appropriate nutrient dosing needed to reverse the problem.

NutriScan Delivers Science-Based Nutritional Therapy—Individually Wrapped

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

It can be difficult for physicians and patients alike to design a dietary supplementation program that truly meets an individual's metabolic needs. Enter NutriScan, a computerized system for assessing nutritional status and dispensing corrective supplements.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 2)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

The second part in our series of charts describing nutrient depletions caused by commonly used pharmaceuticals. This chart covers hormone replacement, oral contraceptives, and various classes of antibiotics.

Nutritional Therapies, Botanicals Can Improve Outcomes in Chronic Hepatitis

By Lyn Patrick, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

Hepatitis C infection affects roughly 3.9 million Americans, and growing. Conventional therapies are fairly limited and fraught with side effects. Fortunately, natural medicine has much to offer, including milk thistle, plant derived antioxidants, and acupuncture. Lyn Patrick, ND, reviews a variety of nutritional and botanical approaches to treating this serious health challenge.

Spagyric Medicine: Paracelsus' Ancient Methods Make 21st Century Comeback

By Dan Kenner, PhD, Lac | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Spagyric medicine, a form of homeopathy first described roughly 500 years ago, is making something of a resurgence in European and some American clinics.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 3)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

Many commonly used drugs deplete essential nutrients, meaning that individuals taking a lot of medications may be compromising their nutritional status. Fortunately, these depletions are easy to correct with judicious use of supplements. This chart, the third in our series, reviews the nutrient-depletions associated with common drugs for diabetes, ulcers, and psychiatric disorders.

Omega-3s Could Revolutionize Mental Health Care

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

According to former Food and Drug Administration scientist Jerry Cott, PhD, omega-3 fatty acids are the most exciting development in psychiatry in the last 40 years. Several new studies show that omega-3s can reduce symptoms and disabilities associated with depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Vitamin E Made Easy

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 4, No. 1. January, 2003

Vitamin E is not a single compound, but a grouping of 8 different naturally occurring tocopherols and tocotrienols. Unfortunately, many of the vitamin E products on the market contain only one: synthetically produced d-alpha-tocopherol. These products often fail to deliver on the antioxidant, tumor preventive, and heart-friendly benefits of vitamin E. But new full spectrum products have recently entered the market.

"Top Ten" Natural Approaches for Managing Coronary Artery Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 4, No. 1. January, 2003

Cardiologist Howard Sacher believes that natural therapeutics have a big role to play not only in preventing coronary artery disease, but also in treating people who already have the condition. He offered his "Top Ten" natural therapies, which include CoQ10, the Mediterranean diet, Folic Acid and B vitamins, Omega-3's, and mind-body training.

CoQ10 Delays Progression of Parkinson's Disease

By Pat Hemminger | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 1. January, 2003

Coenzyme Q10, widely known for its cardiovascular benefits, can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, according to a recent clinical trial. While there are no data showing that CoQ10 can prevent Parkinson's, it does improve an affected individual's ability to carry on daily activities and maintain independence.